Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors | Sustainability, Green Business, Conservation

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The Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors podcast was created to delve into the inspiring stories of women in eco-business, sustainability, environmentalism, and conservation. We discuss the challenges and wins they’ve had along the way, share their passion for the environment with aspiring young professionals and entrepreneurs, and hear their advice on living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Barbara Lee, host and Founder of Trashy Beauty, trash talks with other eco-conscious females about their careers in green business.

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Episode 42: Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri, The Earth Institute - Columbia University
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There are so many different ways to pursue a career. Some people fall into their jobs while others take a more traditional approach.

The Earth Institute blends research in physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world towards a path of sustainability. Their initiatives focus on water and climate to urbanization and agriculture. There are a number of different programs that fall under The Earth Institute including Masters programs in Climate and Society as well as Sustainability Science.

Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri shares her journey towards her current role as The Associate Director of Education at The Earth Institute and gives advice for those who are thinking of higher education as the path to a green career.

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Oct 08, 2018
Episode 41: Emilie Wood, Impossible Foods
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Emilie Wood is the Sustainability Analyst at Impossible Foods. Their flagship product is the Impossible Burger, a burger the looks, tastes, cooks, and bleeds like a regular beef-based hamburger, but it’s made from plants. They launched in 2016 right here in NYC.

In her current role, Emilie does everything from analyze the trash that’s created at the company to rooting around in alfalfa fields. Listen in to hear her crazy story about combusting alfalfa and what makes the Impossible Burger bleed.

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Aug 13, 2018
Episode 40: Caro Shields + Vanessa Morrish, Be An Unfucker
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Vanessa Morrish and Caro Shields went from being burned out at their ad agency jobs to creating a project that helps others learn about climate change in a funny, authentic way. It's called Be An Unfucker and their website features some hilarious ways of explaining sustainability issues and what we can do to help reduce our impact on the planet.

The pair create  weekly tips that focus on "Why It's Fucked' and "Change One Thing." The two have day jobs working on projects like Who Gives a Crap and tell some amazing stories on their imperfect journeys towards sustainability.

(Please note that this episode contains explicit language.)

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Aug 06, 2018
Episode 39: Laura François, Clothing the Loop
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Did you see this viral video of an art installation made out of fabric scraps found in an abandoned factory in Southeast Asia. In the video, these renegade artists put together scenes of things you would find in nature, like a tornado, out of clothing scraps that had been abandoned over a decade previously.

Along with the infamous waste photographer Von Wong, one of the organizers for the Clothing the Loop project is Laura François, a contributor to the Huffington Post and speaker at TEDx Penang Road. Originally from Canada, Laura believes that creating a positive impact in the fashion industry is directly linked to creating lasting change on human rights and environmental issues.

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Want to meet the movers and shakers in the fashion and food communities of NYC? Then join us for futuristic fashion + sustainable food and drinks. Co-Hosted by Jodie Taylor and featuring eco-fashion by Malaika New York, ADAY, and Taz the Tailor.

Get your tickets for Summer Sustainability + Rooftop Summer Drinks on Tuesday, July 31st at Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent St. Greenpoint Brooklyn). Libations and small bites by Proud Pour, Toast Ale, Tito's Vodka, Misfit Juicery, Teapigs, Gotham Greens, Ocean Hugger Foods and Food for All.

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Jul 23, 2018
Episode 38: Tara DePorte, Human Impacts Institute
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Tara DePorte is a self-proclaimed expert generalist. She described her typical work week as wading in the Hudson one day to wearing a suit and talking over policy at the UN the next. In 2011, Tara started the Human Impacts Institute as a way to help make the conversation around conservation fun and exciting. She knew that if she wanted to help turn the tide on talking about trash, pollution, and conservation, she had to reach people in a way that mattered.

They recently launched a project called The Hub, HII’s membership program. Check it out and consider helping to support this amazing institution and everything they make happen here in NYC. They produce some amazing content and help fund artist work that promote the conversation around climate change. Check out this funny video on their site called Think Like A Kid.

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We're hosting another event!

Co-Hosted by Jodie Taylor and featuring eco-fashion by Malaika New York, ADAY, and Taz the Tailor.

Join us at Summer Sustainability + Rooftop Summer Drinks on Tuesday, July 31st at Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent St. Greenpoint Brooklyn). Drinks and small bites by Proud Pour, Toast Ale, Tito's Vodka, Misfit Juicery, Teapigs, Gotham Greens, Ocean Hugger Foods and Food for All.

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Jul 16, 2018
Episode 37: Desiree Kaplan, Green Matters
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You've probably heard a similar story - someone hates their 9-to-5, they quit, move across the country, find true love and the career of their dreams. This is Desiree Kaplan's story, a staff writer for the online green publication called Green Matters. Desiree, former attorney born on Earth Day, always knew that the environment was important to her, but it was a chance meeting with the founders of Green Matters that led to her successful and amazing career change.

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Enjoy the warm weather and beautiful eco-fashion by Malaika New York, ADAY, and Taz the Tailor at our Summer Sustainability + Rooftop Summer Drinks on Tuesday, July 31st at Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent St. Greenpoint Brooklyn). Drinks and small bites by Proud Pour, Toast Ale, Tito's Vodka, Gotham Greens and Food for All.

Use promo code TRASHY5 for a 20% discount for friends, followers + listeners while the early bird tickets! Limited supply.

Jul 09, 2018
Episode 36: Blythe Whitten-Snarr, Ocean Hugger Foods
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Imagine you're at a food event sampling different, innovative food products when you passed by a table serving sushi - ahi tuna nigiri and california rolls topped with more tuna. Maybe you've sworn off fish after listening about the dire state of our oceans and plastics found in seafood, but then you noticed the sign stating that this sushi, Ahimi®, is vegan. You politely wolfed down several pieces and, still not convinced that it wasn’t tuna, ask, “What’s it made out of?” Then you get this shocking answer - tomatoes.

Not just any tomatoes - de-acidified roma tomatoes that undergo a manual process with soy sauce, water, sugar, and sesame oil creating what essentially tastes, feels, and looks like the popular sushi dish - ahi tuna. Ahi tuna, better known as bluefin tuna, is one of the most endangered fish species on the planet, yet the world continues to gobble it up in exponential numbers. This planet-based version of ahi was created by ACF Certified Master Chef James Corwell at Ocean Hugger Foods.

Today’s episode of Trash Talking features Blythe Whitten-Snarr, Director of Administration at Ocean Hugger Foods, a profile company of PlantBased Solutions. A vegan and animal rights proponent, Blythe shares with us the story of Ahimi® and how this innovative food could help change the tide for ocean wildlife.

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Jul 02, 2018
Episode 35: Robert Pocius and Lisa Hamilton, TekPak Solutions
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Robert Pocius had been working in the packaging industry for some time when customers came to him to ask for a solution that would be truly eco-friendly. A chance encounter with a scientist who had combined plastic with organic additives led to a material that broke down into nothing more than water, CO2, and organic biomass. TekPak's packaging can break down in any landfill, fresh and salt water, or regular soil in a matter of a few months.

Check out our conversation with Robert as he journied to this innovative product and the possibility of a package free planet.

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Jun 25, 2018
Episode 34: Shien-Ru Tsao, Commit to Green
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If you're in the NYC area, you may have already seen Shien-Ru Tsao's image plastered on tall advertisements from the NYC Mayor's Office of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Campaign. In fact, there's one right in the Staten Island Ferry terminal.

Shien-Ru grew up in a family of entrepreneuers. Her parents, living just outside the Chicago, IL area, owned their own restaurant and still do to this day. When Shien-Ru's family restaurant joined a popular meal service called Grubhub, Shien-Ru was inspired by all of the waste created to start her own business designing packaging that was biodegradable.

In this conversation, Shien-Ru tells us aout how she build her business, Commit to Green, with purpose and also givs her advice on pursuing a meaningful career.

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Jun 11, 2018
Episode 33: Emma Cohen, FinalStraw
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If you've had the final straw on single-use plastic waste, you'll love FinalStraw, the world's first retractable, portable straw created by Co-Founders Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper. FinalStraw raised $1.8 million dollars on Kickstarter sold their website SuckResponsibly.com. You can’t make this stuff up.

Emma Cohen, Co-Founder of FinalStraw, went from being the Sustainability Specialist at Lost Alamos National Laboratory, home of the Manhattan Project, to cleaning up trash on the beach dressed like a mermaid, to the Co-Founder of FinalStraw.

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Jun 05, 2018
Episode 32: Cat Agopcan, The Do Something Project
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Imagine that you’re living your life as a typical consumer, working long hours, eating out at restaurants between your busy on-the-go lifestyle when one day, you total your car in an accident. As she was crying over the loss of her car, Cat Agopcan, Founder of the Do Something Project, decided to make some changes in her life and focus on minimalism rather than things.

This is a deep dive into one woman's journey to live a lifestyle that's good for your wallet, your health, and the planet.

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May 29, 2018
Episode 31: Whitney Pratt, Purple Frog Gardens
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Whitney Pratt didn’t take the typical path of a Georgetown graduate. Instead of pursuing finance or business, Whitney took a job as a Service Member for FoodCorps, a branch of AmeriCorp that aims to help education youth about healthy food. After that, Whitney stayed in Montana and became the Farm Manager of Purple Frog Gardens, a local organic working farm in Montana.

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If you’re interested in starting your own farm program or just want to chat to Whitney about the work she’s doing, get in touch with her via email.

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May 21, 2018
Episode 30: Elizabeth Fournier, The Green Reaper
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Elizabeth Fournier was a young girl when she dealt with the passing of several close family members. Through her grief, Elizabeth spent time in funeral homes and at funerals as a way of coping with her loss. When she began her career in the 90's as a blonde woman who wanted to work in the mortician's office, she faced a number of difficulties. Now, Elizabeth has written the book (literally) on green burials and is affectionately known as The Green Reaper.

This is an incredible interesting topic surrounding the idea of how we can become one with nature again when we pass and Elizabeth is a fountain of knowledge around helping families plan a burial that is both economical and ecological.

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Check out Elizabeth’s work in The Green Burial Guidebook. Hopefully you won’t need it anytime soon, but for those who are interested in creating a plan for your or a loved one’s passing that is both economical and ecological, you can learn about everything you need in this guide.

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May 14, 2018
Episode 29: Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots
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Did you know that mushrooms can grow in the waste that comes from your morning cup of coffee? When Nikhil Arora and his classmate Alejandro Velez heard about this fact, the two were sparked to create a business around growing food from waste. They both quit their six-figure jobs and instead of following the usual path out of college, started a company that sells food grow kits and biodynamic cereal.

Listen to Nikhil's story about he took Back to the Roots from growing oyster mushrooms in the basement of their fraternity house to creating some of the best selling products on Amazon and Whole Foods.

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Follow Back to the Roots on Facebook and learn more about the amazing stuff this company is working on. If you want to reach Nikhil Arora directly, email him here. Check out this cool re-cap of their grow event at Whole Foods Oakland co-hosted by Ayesha Curry.

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May 07, 2018
Episode 28: Jodi Bailey + Caitlin Lee-Roney, Yosemite National Parks Services
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Imagine if your job was to hang out in one of the US's most treasured pieces of land, Yosemite National Park. Well, for Jodi Bailey and Caitlin Lee-Roney, it is! Jodi is the Program Manager for the Zero Waste Initiative in Yosemite and Caitlin is with the Human-Bear Management Program.

They share with us about Yosemite's programs for managing waste in order to decrease negative interactions with humans and wildlife. They also have some amazing tips for minimizing your impact while you travel and visit National and State Parks across the country.

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Apr 30, 2018
Episode 27: Christine Datz-Romero, Lower East Side Ecology Center
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It's hard to imagine a time when we didn't have curbside recycling programs, but it was actually less than 30 years ago now. That's when Christine Datz-Romero had decided to do something to help divert recyclables from the waste stream. This expanded into an entire center that is the largest collector of food scraps and electronic waste here in NYC.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center that Christine founded helps divert 400 tonnes of food scraps from landfill. They also have a year-round e-waste recycling program that helps remove the 70% of heavy metals that can be found in landfill from electronics that are incorrectly disposed of.

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Check out the LES Ecology Center’s e-waste drop off sites! There are popup locations every weekend through June. They’ve also opened an additional drop-off site in Chinatown at 75 Broadway near the East Broadway F stop or the Grand St. D stop. You can bring your computers, keyboard, printers, etc. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays between 12-4 PM. Link in show notes for more info.

Don’t miss the LES Ecology Center’s 30th birthday party at the East River Park on June 9th. Face painting, food, and compost - it’s a great opportunity to see what the LES Ecology Center does and help support the continuation of their work.

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Apr 23, 2018
Episode 26: Karen Leibowitz, The Perennial
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Perennial means present at all seasons of the year and Karen Leibowitz and her husband Anthony Myint have been working towards initiatives that encourages the removal of carbon from our atmosphere through food. But not just any food, a sustainable food system that accounts for everything including how something is grown and the positive contributions this can supply to the environment and the way every part is used in meals and the energy expensed in creating a meal at the restaurant.

The Perennial restaurant in SF uses initiatives like Kernza, a perennial grain that draws carbon out of the atmosphere year-round, at their restaurant. It's incredible to hear how they've accounted for everything in designing their business and how they're working to influence other restauranteurs.

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Thank you to everyone who came to our screening of WASTED! last week Tuesday. There were over 100 people at the event and the event could not have been a success without each and every one of you. So THANK YOU for your support. We’re dreaming up our next big event! If you’ve got something you want to learn about, a space you’d like to let us use, or a business you think we should partner with, reach out and let me know! Barbara@trashybeauty.com.

Apr 16, 2018
Episode 25: Susan Allbert, Independent Artist
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Susan Albert was working in the fashion and textile industry here in NYC. She had moved from her homeland in the UK and was struck by the amount of disposability here in the US. After her kids were born, Susan wanted to figure out a new career path. She decided she would create artwork that spoke to the theme of sustainability and environmental impact.

Susan’s multimedia works are on display at her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn as well as in various places like the Human Impact Institute and NYC Climate Week. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, my favorite piece of Susan’s has to be the tablecloth she created with imagery of various pieces of trash and QR codes that can start “dinner” conversations on issues of waste.

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We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Aerofarms + Local Roots, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, The Fillery and Teapigs. Featuring photos by JCT Photography.

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Apr 09, 2018
Episode 24: Roos Swart, By The Ocean We Unite
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Born from one sailor's love of the ocean, By the Ocean We Unite is on a mission to prevent plastic pollution. Their work includes research conducted at sea on mini-expeditions where they invite interested citizens to join them. These expeditions are led by Roos Swart, a Marine Biologist who completed her Masters in the Dutch Caribbean.

BTOWU is a clear example of how ordinary citizens can help educate and guide the public conversation around conservation and environmental protection. You can join them for one of their sailing expeditions. Their next one sets sail on April 14th from Harlingen, Netherlands. Check out the information on their Facebook page.

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We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Aerofarms + Local Roots, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs. Featuring photos by JCT Photography.

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Apr 02, 2018
Episode 23: Sabine Valenga, Food For All
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About 40% of food in America will be wasted. And an average American family wastes $1,500 worth of food every year. That's billions of dollars of food that goes to landfill, creating greenhouse gases that warm our planet. Don't be a statistic.

Sabine Valenga and her co-founders, David Rodríguez and Victor Carreño, were at a Harvard incubation program when they came up with the idea of Food for All, an app that allows you to rescue food from restaurants an hour before they close at a fraction of the cost. The app has partnered with hundreds of restaurants in Boston and New York City, with plans to disrupt the food waste culture in America and beyond.

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Want to meet Sabine and other eco-warriors like her?

We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Aerofarms + Local Roots, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs. Featuring photos by JCT Photography.

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Mar 26, 2018
Episode 22: Dianne Mitchell + Julia Porter, bio-bean®
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Founded in 2013, bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialize the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. In the UK alone, they produces 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds every year. Like most of our trash in landfills, organic material breaks down and creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Coffee, rich in oil, makes a source of energy that burns clean and hot, perfect for cold countries with wood burning stoves like the UK.

Julia Porter, National Supply Chain Manager, and Dianne Mitchell, Engineering Director, at bio-bean chat to us about their processes, challenges, and tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle. There are some funny stories and jokes, but bio-bean, with plans to expand into extracting oil from coffee waste at a commercial scale, has some serious solutions to ending our global dependence on fossil fuels.


We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greene Point Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs.

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Mar 19, 2018
Episode 21: Bertha Jimenez + Jessica Aguirre, RISE Products
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Bertha Jimenez, with a degree in mechanical engineering and Ph.D in technology management, heard about industrial symbiosis when she was studying fish packaging warehouses. Wanting to understand what happened with the massive amounts of waste, she realized there was a significant difference between the companies who put their waste into the trash and those who upcycled.

Looking for a way to keep the flow going on several industrial processes, Bertha and her team members came across an ingenious idea - take spent grain from microbreweries and turn it into high protein flour. RISE Product's low carb flour has now been made into several products by companies like Runner + Stone, Grain Stand, Lighthouse, Osteria Francescana, and others.

If you’re interested in working with RISE flour or want to learn more about them, you can reach out to bertha@riseproducts.co or jessica@riseproducts.co.


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We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now. We've extended our listener discount - use TRASHYEB5 for a $5 discount on tickets. Entrance includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee and a take-home eco-goodie bag sponsored by Commit to Green, Bareburger, and Teapigs.

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Mar 12, 2018
Episode 20: Lauren O'Donnell, Greenpop
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It all started with one challenge between 10 friends - plant 1,000 trees each to help offset their carbon footprint. Well, that challenge never ended and soon turned into an organization that is starting a Treevolution in South Africa.

Lauren O'Donnell did not mean to start a green revolution. In fact, she wasn't even all that interested in sustainability or conservation. But, in taking on this personal challenge, Lauren and her friends sparked something in the community. Today, Greenpop has planted over 82,000 trees in ancient forests near Cape Town as well as in disadvantaged communities in the city.

Their annual Reforest Fest takes place on the weekends of March 13-15th and March 23-25th and includes planting trees, seminars on sustainability, live music and local food. Check out one of their events and help support the planting of trees on their website.

Cape Town is today facing a water crisis that will leave the city with no water by May 11th*, what the town is calling Day Zero. Greenpop has put a hold on their city-wide tree planting, but they are holding water-wise workshops to help educate people on the conservation of clean water.

*Date projections change regularly. Check the city's website for the most up-to-date information.

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Tune in to the very end where we answer a listener question about plastics and China refusing to accept the US's recycling. We have special guest Sam Silver from Sims Municipal Recycling Center here in New York City who gives us some great tips on recycling and breaks down the issue surrounding recycled materials and gas prices.

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We're hosting a screening of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste on April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenepoint Brooklyn. Get your tickets now and use TRASHYEB5 for a $5 discount exclusively for Trash Talking listeners. Promotional discount expires on March 9th. Ticket price includes food and drink from sustainable companies like Toast Ale, Proud Pour, Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Nomad Trading Co., RISE Products, Food for All, Eleva Coffee, Teapigs, and more.

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Mar 05, 2018
Episode 19: Louisa Ziane, Toast Ale
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All beer is made from four ingredients - water, carbohydrates, hops and yeast. In ancient Babylonian times, they would use bread as the carbohydrate source as a way to preserve a food prone to spoilage. When Tristram Stuart, founder and CEO of Toast Ale, first heard about this recipe he realized he had found the perfect project to go all in on.

Toast takes leftover bread from bakeries and sandwich shops and turns it into delicious beer. The company has open sourced its recipe and encourages franchises and partnerships in other cities and countries. They have partnerships in New York City, Iceland, South Africa, and Brazil, with further plans to expand. All proceeds go to Tristram's charity Feedback.

Louisa Ziane is the Chief Financial Officer and Brand Manager for Toast Ale UK. She went from working in finance to the Carbon Trust and eventually landing the opportunity to help Tristram start Toast from the ground up. Louisa shares with us some incredibly inspiration stories about how she chose her current career path and how she made huge pivots in her life.


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Toast Ale is hiring in the UK and across their global partners. Check it out.

We're also gearing up for our screening of WASTED! A Story of Food Waste that Toast and Tristram Stuart are featured in. The screening will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Tickets include Toast beer and other sustainable beverages and food. We will have special early bird pricing specifically for Trash Talking listeners, so sign up for the mailing list and be the first to know. There are limited spots and we anticipate the event selling out.

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Feb 26, 2018
Episode 18: Danni Washington, Nature Knows Best + Big Blue & You
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Proud eco-geek and science communicator Danni Washington is making waves with her non-profit work and as the host of her own Fox-syndicated television show Nature Knows Best. She also founded her own non-profit called Big Blue and You and puts on a yearly event called ArtSea in Miami.

Wanting to bridge the gap between scientists and every day citizens, Danni embarked on a wild adventure that has taken her from recording videos for text books, to YouTube and winning a contest led by clothing brand Roxy, and onto being the star of her own tv show.

Listen in as Danni tells us how she made it all happen and the time she tried to convince comedian Kevin Hart to go green.

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If you're in the Miami area on Saturday, March 3rd, check out Danni's non-profit, Big Blue and You, event called ArtSea. It takes place at Historic Virginia Beach Park and includes a full day of art and education surrounding ocean conservation.

Save the Date for our showing of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, co-hosted by Talk Trash City, on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 PM. We'll be bringing together an evening of sustainable food and drink at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of March.

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Feb 19, 2018
Episode 17: Nathan Hodge, Raaka Chocolate
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It’s Valentine’s Day this week and chances are you’ll be partaking in one of my favorite guilty pleasures - chocolate. Every year, 58 million pounds of chocolate is purchased. But not everything is so sweet about the practices that surround this commodity-driven product. Nathan Hodge, head chocolatier of Raaka Chocolate in Brooklyn, NY, is working to change this.

If you’re like most conscious consumers, you’ve probably thought of the impact that a commodity-driven treat like chocolate has on our planet and the communities that grow them. This episode dives into the indigenous cultures where cacao is grown as well as the meaning of sustainable chocolate.

Nate shares with us the time he set his oven on fire and when he had a bow and arrow drawn on him while researching cacao trees in South America. He's very passionate about creating delicious, sustainable chocolate that supports the health of the makers, consumers, and planet.

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Feb 12, 2018
Episode 16: Nicole Baum, Gotham Greens
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When you think of fresh, crisp greens and herbs, what images are conquered in your mind? If it's warm, lush fields in California and the pain of throwing out sad, wilting leaves you're going to love this chat with Nicole Baum of Gotham Greens.

Using a fraction of the space, water, and no soil, Gotham Greens has build hydroponic green houses on the rooftops of urban cities. Their mission - get fresh greens at a minimal impact to the environment and create arable land where there is the densest population - New York City and Chicago. Nicole talks us through Gotham's programs, where you can go to visit the farm, and the urban projects that are changing the way city-dwellers get their fresh greens. The best part is that these greens are fresher, more nutritious, and turn food miles into food footsteps.

Gotham Greens has already taken over most retail stores, from Whole Foods Market to Key Foods and FoodKick, and are looking to expand to the cities with the harshest weather and highest populations. Learn about why this matters and how you can see this working farm within your own neighborhood.

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Feb 05, 2018
Episode 15: Lilian Liu, United Nations Global Compact
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Lilian Liu grew up in two worlds - her home country of Sweden where sustainability and responsible business practices were prevalent - and Shanghai, where her parents were from, which faced aggressive growth during her childhood. China dominates the clothing industry with more than 40 percent of clothing being produced in this one country alone.

This led Lilian to pursuing non-traditional methods of international relations and development. Beginning with interning at the United Nations, Lilian is now the Manager of Partnerships and UN Relations, a program with over 9,000 business partners. She shares incredibly valuable insight about pursuing a career path in international relations and sustainability as well as her view of the global fashion industry.

Lilian will be speaking at the UN on Tuesday, Jan. 30th at the UN General Assembly on Sustainable Textiles. This event is open to all and registration information can be found online. Connect with Lilian on LinkedIn or email here at lilianyliu@gmail.com.

*DISCLAIMER: Lilian is sharing her own views and opinions and is not representing the United Nations or its programs in any way.

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Jan 29, 2018
Episode 14: Camila López Gómez, Impact0 Mexico
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Mexico is seeing the beginning of its sustainability movement. Camila Lopez Gomez, Project Manager at Impact0, Mexico's only sustainability organization with an international ISO certification, tells us about the climate of Mexico's environmental movement and the hard decisions she had to make in pursuing her passion.

Impact0 has helped divert over 80,000 kgs of recyclable materials from landfills and they help everyone from small companies to museums figure out how to reduce their impact. Camila travels to different festivals around the world like Glastonbury, learning about sustainability initiatives and bringing that knowledge back to her homeland. Over the years, as Carnaval de Bahidora's attendees have increased, the festival has worked to decrease their impact.

If you're interested in coming to Mexico in February to meet myself and Camila, check out Carnival Bahidora's festival page. You can reach Camila directly by emailing camlop@impact0.org or connecting with her on LinkedIn.

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Jan 22, 2018
Episode 13: Dana Mitchell, Farm.one
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It's the ultimate way to cut down on the environmental impact of growing food - hydroponic, vertical growing. It may look SciFi like, with the glowing LED lights and high-tech equipment, but it certainly could be the way we grow food in the future. Dana, Operations Manager at Farm.one, tells us all about their farm, the weird things they grow, and how you could own your very own piece of Farm.one here.

In this episode, Dana breaks down what you should know about food and environment, in a delicious episode that's sure to get you thinking about where your next meal could come from (or, at least those fancy edible flowers on your Restaurant Week plate). You can also book a tour and check out their facilities, with a glass of sustainable prosecco in hand.

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Jan 15, 2018
Episode 12: Paula Pebsworth, Primatologist
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Paula Pebsworth landed her first research job by emailing and asking one question, "Can I volunteer my time to help you?" This got her working with some of her research idols and led to her study of geophagy, a self-medicating behavior where primates will eat clay to alleviate GI symptoms.

Paula has traveled the world doing her research and witnessed beautiful moments in nature. From Madagascar to Japan, Paula is a go-getter who values finding a way to help reduce human-wildlife conflict in the world.

If you're inspired by Paula's work, you can read her research papers online. And, if you’d like to reach out to Paula, you can email her directly at paula.pebsworth@gmail.com. Paula is currently in India undergoing another research project and can be slow to respond.

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Jan 08, 2018
Episode 11: Nicole Caldwell, Better Farm + Green Matters
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When Nicole Caldwell's uncle passed away and left her a 65-acre hippy commune farm in Redwood, NY, she was undergoing a whirlwind of change in her life. Wanting to connect her passion for the environment and sustainability to what she did every day, Nicole decided to quit her job, move to upstate NY, and start a farm/bed and breakfast.

From one book about gardening and while moonlighting as a bartender, Nicole built Better Farm from nothing. She now has programs to teach people how to homestead and garden, a bed and breakfast, and an artist residency program. They also hold an annual music festival in the summer. The farm is home to rescued animals, like a herd of alpaca and Henrietta the chicken. And after just 4 years, Nicole was able to turn a profit from all her hard work.

Nicole says this was the best decision of her life. She is also Editor of Green Matters, an online media company focused on green news. Listen in as Nicole shares how she got there.

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Jan 01, 2018
Episode 10: Berlin Crystal Kelly, Proud Pour
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Berlin Crystal Kelly was working in finance in NYC when she was struck with the realization of how much money was spent on alcohol every night in one city alone. So, Berlin quit her job and started a wine company with one premise - for every bottle of sauvignon blanc sold, an organization would restore 100 wild oysters to the water. These hard working bivalves filter 3,000 liters of water every day and help restore the natural waters of New York harbor.

From there, Berlin expanded to pinot noir and wildflowers and has plans to help other keystone species. Berlin shares her experiences working the land and how she hopes to change the way people think about their relationship to the land.

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Dec 25, 2017
Episode 9: Cara Braund, Wildlife Works Kenya
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Cara Braund spent nearly two years volunteering and working on various conservation projects in Kenya before landing her dream job - managing the office of a carbon-credit community-based conservation project in Eastern Kenya.

At Wildlife Works, Cara helps manage several projects that are all part of a larger organization utilizing the local community to reduce carbon emissions and environmental destruction. They support everything from an eco-factory to eco-charcoal production and also have a wonderful eco-lodge where guests can stay and tour the 500,000 acres of protected land.

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Dec 18, 2017
Episode 8: Jenny O'Grady Giddy, Cloudbridge Reserva
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After hiking Mount Chirripo, the tallest mountain in Costa Rica, Jenny O'Grady and Ian Giddy were observing the deforestation caused by farming and decided to buy the land. The idea was to let mother nature regenerate, but the couple was too impatient for that, so they decided instead to build a reforestation project

Today, the Cloudbridge Reserva is home to all 6 of the endangered feline species native to Costa Rica, like jaguars and ocelots, along with black-handed spider monkeys and Baird Tapirs. Jenny tells of this incredible project and if you are really inspired, you can book a stay or take the time to volunteer at this beautiful conservation project.

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Dec 11, 2017
Episode 7: Sarah Sproviero, Lightfoot Market
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If you're a conscious consumer, you'll relate to Sarah Sproviero's plight of the difficulties in purchasing products from companies that are kind to the environment, the people who make them, and you. After being frustrated with the lack of transparency and the immense amount of research that went into finding the best companies, Sarah started the Lightfoot Market.

The Lightfoot Market is dedicated to being a marketplace for conscious consumers and thoughtful brands to connect. They run bi-annual pop-up markets here in New York City and have a directory of carefully vetted brands they trust.

The next Lightfoot Market Holiday Pop-Up will be on Dec. 9-10th at the Metropolitan Suite in Chelsea, NY. We will be there selling the Trashy Beauty repurposed coffee body scrub. Come and say hi. We'll have a free treat for anyone who supports the podcast.

Sarah used to be an environmental teacher at the Audubon Society and credits playing outside and being close to nature as the reason she cares deeply about the environment today. There's a pretty hilarious story that Sarah shares from her teaching days, so you have to listen to the end when she reveals her party trick.

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Dec 04, 2017
Episode 6: Franziska Elmer, Ph.D + Marine Biologist
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The coolest part about being a scientist is getting to go to places where others are not allowed to go - literally! Franziska Elmer got to live on a remote atoll research center during her Ph.D and saw one of the most untouched eco-systems on the planet. The only other people who get to visit Palmyra are volunteers and millionaires who donate money to the Nature Conservancy.

Fran is also a huge believer in protecting the environment and underwent the Plastic-Free challenge while living on a desert island called Bonaire.

Geek out with us as we talk about Fran's career from studying ecology, living in New Zealand, and teaching students how to become marine biologists in the Caribbean.

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Nov 30, 2017
Episode 5: Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Common Ground Compost
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New York City spends $1.3 billion a year on waste management and it's one of NYC's biggest exports, going to other states as far as Ohio. With a small, local movement to compost, NYC already has one of the country's largest compost programs.

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The answer might shock you - 25 years. With the climate warming and our soils depleting, the answer to fixing some of the planet's greatest problems may come down to one behavioral change - compost. Meredith ties in trash, compost, and food nutrition in one jam-packed conversation.

And, listen to the very end, because Meredith turns the tables on me!

Meredith is extremely knowledgeable and inspiring to speak with. Her straightforward way of talking about the trash problem is great for anyone wanting to understand this issue better (and take action!). Connect with Common Ground Compost on their website, Facebook, and check out one of the events Meredith speaks at in NYC.

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Nov 23, 2017
Episode 4: Malaika Haaning, Malaika New York
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Locally made, minimal waste, upcycled trash - that's what Malaika has built her fashion line from. And if you saw it in a window in New York City, where Malaika lives, you would never know. Her high fashion, eco-conscious clothing line is beautifully minimal, made for all seasons, and built to last.

Malaika is from Denmark, where she was always told to care for the environment through simple actions. She's been to Bangladesh where she saw the rivers run blue from factory dyes. Check out her fashion line and connect with Malaika on Facebook and Instagram.

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Nov 13, 2017
Episode 3: Sharon Rowe, Eco-Bags Products
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Former New York City actress turned entrepreneur, Sharon started her journey in the late-80’s when she decided to do something about the wastefulness of plastic bags. She sold 1,000 bags at her first Earth Day festival and was featured on Oprah. She also recently wrote a book guiding others in the art of creating an intentional business.

A registered B Corp, Sharon’s business has diverted 2.65 trillion plastic bags from use. This is an episode not to be missed - Sharon has so many fantastic tips for balancing work and life, shares her highs and lows through building an intentional business, and has years of experience in green business to share.

Check out Sharon’s book, The Magic of Tiny Business, available for pre-order on Amazon. Connect with Sharon on Facebook, Instagram, and skip the single-use plastic at Eco-Bags Products.

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Nov 07, 2017
Episode 2: Cheryl Davies, Yintuition
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Cheryl Davies was living what she thought was a great life - working in the textile industry, living in New York City, car, boyfriend - but something was off. Today, Cheryl is a licensed acupuncturist, lives a minimal life from her bicycle, and partakes in dumpster diving with her partner Rob Greenfield (the guy who wore all his trash in a specially designed trash suit for 30 days).

She doesn't even have a cell phone plan, so this interview was conducted while Cheryl was at the public library in Vancouver, Canada after Cheryl, Rob, and a group of Green Riders biked from Central Park to Vancouver in less than 90 days. There is something magical in the way Cheryl has discovered a new life and career after the one she thought she wanted where she was working in the fashion industry.

Cheryl proves that any amount of change is possible if you start small. Connect with Cheryl on Facebook, Instagram, and Acurhythms, the business she co-founded.

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Nov 06, 2017
Episode 1: Jacey Bingler, Ecosia
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Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees. They use over 80 percent of their profits to fund reforestation work all over the world using money made from ad revenue. Their goal - plant 1 billion trees by 2020. The company now plants trees in Burkina Faso, Indonesia (Borneo), Madagascar, Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania.

Ecosia wants to create a world where the environment no longer needs protecting, and with averaging 1 million trees every few weeks. Jacey Bingler is Ecosia's Head of Communications. She tells us about her former jobs working in advertising and how she happily transitioned to a job at Ecosia, working to spread the message of tree planting and helping to reverse climate change.

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If there’s an eco-warrior you think has a story that would inspire others, email me at Barbara@trashybeauty.com.

We highly encourage you to try out Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. Ecosia lets you take one small step to making the planet a greener place by doing something that you do every day - search the web.

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Nov 03, 2017
Introduction by Barbara Lee
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Eco-Warrior and Founder of Trashy Beauty, Barbara Lee, went from pre-law in undergrad to traveling the world for 2.5 years. After being a barista in New Zealand, planting trees in the Caribbean, and working communications for a conservation project in Kenya, Barbara returned home to the US and ended up working as a recruiter at a tech startup in New York City.

Faced with the immensity of the trash problem in NYC, in comical contrast to her former home city San Francisco, Barbara wanted to find a way to change the tide on the way people thought about trash.

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Nov 02, 2017